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Readers Respond: Garden Pesticides and Controls You Can Make Yourself

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We all want to garden safely, but no one wants to tolerate insects and diseases. Surely gardeners had effective pesticides before there were chemicals. Do you have a homemade garden remedy that's worked for you? Share it here. Share Your Ideas

Perk Up Plants

To perk up tired stressed plants..mixe together part Epsom salt, apple juice and a teaspoon of your favorite fertilizer..spray or sprinkle at the plant base or garden. Watch your plants energize in a matter of minutes.
—Guest Shirleen Ferguson

Kill Bugs with Cleaners

I use any household cleaner and spray it on the bug. I shuts down the respiratory system immediately. Works fantastic on ants. I sprayed a blackwidow spider. It took several sprays but it did kill it.
—Guest angell

Deer Deterrent

Beat 1 egg, 1/2 c. milk (any kind). Add 2 tablespoon vegetable oil. and 2 T of liquid dish soap. Mix all and put in gallon jug. Fill almost to top with water, let sit 4 hours, then spray on plants. Deer took one bite and never returned. Leave the mixture outside. I used once a wk. Smells are gone within minutes
—Guest donna

Fungus Control for Tomatoes

Make some coffee without sugar and milk ...allow it cool and spray on the tomato plant , especially during early morning as the pores on the leaves are open at this time.
—Guest aarti

Turmeric water

Soak turmeric powder in water for around 12 hrs and then spray it with the help of your hand or sprayer on the plant & put some near the base, works realy well for many ant types especialy big ones!! :)
—Guest rohit

Birds in the Garden

Most of the time birds want moisture, not the taste of the fruit. Put out shallow pans of water in and around beds where easily seen and keep filled. Will take care of 99% of pecked fruits/veggies. Too, pick veggies when just slightly underripe - the scamps know when the fruit/veggie is the most succulent. Leave it to a raccoon to let you know when those cantelopes are ready!
—apb208

Bug Spray for the Garden

TO RID ALL BUGS IN THE GARDEN, I mix 3 green peppers, 2 Jalepeno peppers, 6 Tablespoons baby shampoo, in a blender filled with water. Blend and pour into spray bottle. It works!
—Guest Geneva

Chilli Pepper, Onion and Garlic Tea

I've found that boiling up a few chillis - dried or fresh, the outer skin of four or five onions and a couple of garlic bulbs, with three or more litres of water. Boil for about ten minutes, allow to cool, strain and put the liquid into spray bottles. Seems to work against green and black fly, not so well against white fly. I added a couple of lemons to the mixture last year, and had better success. This year I plan to add three lemons, roughly chopped to the liquid before boiling this year. I have also found prevention is easier if you spray before the bugs find the plants. Also helps keep aphids off roses and daisies.
—Guest Home made aphid tea

Salt on Weeds

Table salt works on weeds...I use after a rain or just watering yard. Sprinkle direct from salt container. Does not work extremely fast. I use down fence line and around sprinkler donuts.
—Guest dotsuperstar1

Deterring Ants

Ants eat all our peony blooms and killed an entire group of cannas. They ate the bulbs. I now use cinnamon to rid the gardens of ants - everywhere! I experimented by putting a line of cinnamon around a bowl of cat food. Ants would not cross it! I now use it anywhere I find ants - it works every time! [Note from Marie: I think something else probably ate your peony blooms. The ants are feeding on the nectar released by the buds, not the buds themselves. In fact, they also feed on other insects that will harm the plant.]
—areanynamesleft

Calcium Pills for Tomatoes

I have always put egg shells under my tomato plants to help prevent blossom end rot, with success sometimes. A few years ago I had some calcium pills that I was taking for myself and decided to put one in with my tomato plants. That's all I use now because it really works!! I have not had any blossom end rot since. I buy a bottle for 2$ at Wal-mart and put 1 or 2 in during the growing season. Just push down beside your plants,they melt right away. I also use them for my pepper plants.
—Guest debbie

Rhubarb Bug Spray

Remember to wash your edible fruit before eating. Boil the leaves of Rhubarb and strain the pot to reserve the water...spray this on the plants and bugs stay away...it also cleans your pots. John
—Guest John Perrone

Dawn Dish Detergent

I have been using Dawn dish soap(about4 or 5 drops) in a spray bottle filled with water to deter pests.It works very well on tomato plants and peppers.
—Guest Carrie Taylor

Deer

I have stakes with torn white rags tied to them to help keep away the deer. Also putting a bar of Zest bath soap in an old nylon stocking and tying it to stakes helps. The best thing I have to keep the deer away though is my 70 pound German Shepherd Heidi.
—Beamsmom

Keeping Birds Off Your Harvest

There are several things you can do to deter birds from the veggie garden. I use aluminum foil strips attached to string that I then tie up into trees or on fences. Disposable pie pans work good too. The best solution is to buy or make a fake snake and lay it out in the garden. You have to move it around the garden every couple days in order to convince the birds that its really "alive". Works great.
—Guest motherofallherbgrowers

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